Plasmodium falciparum is the protozoan parasite that causes malaria in humans and ultimately the death of 2-3 million people a year. If you didn't know, malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public health problem. Only one other malaria causing protozoan, a sister species of the P. falciparum parasite, P.... Continue Reading →
I spent a couple years studying non-verbal communication in gorillas, so to read news that there's some breakthroughs in our understandings handedness and communication in apes made me extremely excited. The news originates from Gillian Sebestyen-Forrester's latest paper in the journal Animal Behaviour, "A multidimensional approach to investigations of behaviour: revealing structure in animal communication... Continue Reading →
From John Hawks comes distressing news of a 90% decline in headcount of chimpanzees from Côte d'Ivoire, published in the latest issue of Current Biology. The paper, "Alarming decline of West African chimpanzees in Côte d'Ivoire," is authored by some familiar names. One that I quickly recognized is Christophe Boesche, who captured videos of chimpanzee... Continue Reading →
A couple of the most popular posts of all time, here at Primatology.net, have been the cute-overload-esque ones, such as the baby macaque and white pigeon friendship and the orangutan and Sumatran tiger bond. Similar to the latter story, a new one has emerged of a chimpanzee named Anjana 'adopting' two white tiger cubs named... Continue Reading →
John Marlowe, complete with an faux-array of primate related publications, has put out a press release announcing that a chimp he's worked with, "Albert," has ventured into the wonderful world of online social networking sites with his very own Facebook account. You can request to become friends with "Albert." I did, and along with 263... Continue Reading →
I just posted about JJ's novel tool use, and I thought you may wanna see him actually fishing for ants. The authors of the paper provided videos of JJ using his tools. I've uploaded it to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.
Even though I've been posting a lot on tool use lately, I'm sure you will appreciate this new study. The new study, "Invention and modification of a new tool use behavior: ant-fishing in trees by a wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) at Bossou, Guinea," has been published in the most recent issue of the American... Continue Reading →
It has been far too long since I've updated this blog. I apologize, there certainly has not been a lack of material to share -- just a lack of time and overemphasis on Anthropology.net, which is totally my bad, I don't intend to neglect this site again. Anyways, photographer Frans Lanting recently travelled to take... Continue Reading →